THE ZOMBIES – DIFFERENT GAME – REVIEW

Last year alone Blunstone and Argent - supported by their current line-up of three band members - played an impressive 65 shows across Europe and North America!

Released by: Cooking Vinyl Records
Release Date: 31.03.2023
Genre: Classic Rock, R&B
Links: https://www.thezombiesmusic.com/

Tracklisting:

Different Game
Dropped Reeling & Stupid
Rediscover
Runaway
You Could Be My Love
Merry-Go-Round
Love You While I Can
I Want to Fly
Got to Move On
The Sun Will Rise Again

Band Members: 

Vocalist, Colin Blunstone,

Keyboardist, Rod Argent,

Drummer, Steve Rodford,

Guitarist, Tom Toomey, 

Bassist, Søren Koch

Eight years after their last release “Still Got That Hunger” the Zombies are back with another album of new compositions. And yes, Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent still got that hunger after starting the band in St Albans more than 60 years ago! Not only are they still recording music but also are still relentlessly touring for their dedicated fans. Last year alone Blunstone and Argent – supported by their current line-up of three band members – played an impressive 65 shows across Europe and North America!

The Zombies began work on the new album straight after their well-deserved 2019 induction into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But then the pandemic hit which derailed the recording sessions. Given they are such a dedicated live band capturing the “live” feel was difficult and the band was not content to record remotely.

However, the finished result was certainly worth the wait. The album is a rich mix of Rock and R&B with the usual blend of ballads as we are used to hear from The Zombies. It’s a great selection of good sounding songs with credit to Rod Argent who produced the album and acted as principal songwriter.

Take “Rediscover“ for example with a brilliant vocal harmonies opening and chords that will remind the listener of the Beach Boys. Maybe a nod to Brian Wilson with whom they toured North America in 2019? Other tracks remind me on Steely Dan (“Dropped Reeling & Stupid“) or Procol Harum (“Different Game”). The important thing is: No track sounds the same.

The references to other bands aside, Colin Blunstone’s unique voice and Rod Argent production and brilliant keyboard skills make them distinctive sounding Zombies tracks. Obviously, the bar always sits high for a band with an acclaimed album ranked in the Top 100 of Rolling Stone’s ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time’ . However, with “The Different Game” The Zombies have again managed to produce a solid album which will make their fans happy.

And there is no sign that the band wants to take a break as there is more Zombies news are in the pipeline: The band is currently working on finishing a new feature documentary entitled “Hung Up On A Dream” and directed by musician and filmmaker Robert Schwartzman.

Of course there is also a UK tour planned for April to promote the album. And speaking of touring, I can’t help but mention the album cover which shows a scene from when their tour van broke down in the Arizona tour desert. A photo taken by Rod Argent on his phone, it’s quite an unusual choice and a contrast to their earlier album artworks (especially the iconic “Odessey & Oracle”). But as Colin Blunstone describes the experience as “harrowing but also beautiful and surreal” it must have made quite an impact on them.

Reviewed by: Tom Hilverkus

Score: 7/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK Tour dates are listed below, with more shows to be announced for 2023. The band also continue to tour the US throughout March.

 

UK Shows:

April 05, 2023 – Wimborne Minster, UK – Tivoli Theatre

April 06, 2023 – Emouth, UK – Exmouth Pavilion

April 07, 2023 – Fletching, UK – Trading Boundaries

April 08, 2023 – Fletching, UK – Trading Boundaries

April 09, 2023 – Fletching, UK – Trading Boundaries

April 12, 2023 – Pontardawe, UK – Pontardawe Arts Centre

April 13, 2023 – Bristol, UK – The Fleece – SOLD OUT

April 14, 2023 – London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall

April 15, 2023 – Bury St. Edmunds, UK – The Apex

April 18, 2023 – Norwich, UK – Epic Studios

April 19, 2023 – Felixstowe, UK – Spa Pavilion

April 20, 2023 – Harpenden, UK – Eric Morecambe Centre

April 21, 2023 – Harpenden, UK – Eric Morecambe Centre

April 23, 2023 – Kinross, UK – Backstage at The Green Hotel – SOLD OUT

April 24, 2023 – Kinross, UK – Backstage at The Green Hotel

April 26, 2023 – Glasgow, UK – Òran Mór – SOLD OUT

April 27, 2023 – Holmfirth, UK – Picturedrome

April 29, 2023 – Taunton, UK – Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre

April 30, 2023 – Bury, UK – The Met

May 03, 2023 – Stockton-on-Tees, UK – ARC

May 04, 2023 – Carlisle, UK – Old Fire Station

May 05, 2023 – New Brighton, UK – Floral Pavilion

May 06, 2023 – Milton Keynes, UK – The Stables – SOLD OUT

TICKETS: 

https://www.thezombiesmusic.com/live

 

 

 

 

 
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